Every once in a while I end up in a little card making rut. During these times I just don’t feel especially motivated or inspired to create. When this happens, I sometimes have to force myself to get in my craft room and crank something out (especially if I need to make a card for a special occasion coming up!). Enter Pinterest. I usually stop there first to search my pinboards for various cards I’ve pinned in the past, to see which catch my eye and which ones I think I can take a bit of inspiration from. It usually works really well, and this time is no exception. So, here are two cards inspired by ones made by Therese Calvird and Laura Bassen.
First up is this birthday card, which uses a repeating “pattern” of sentiments from Altenew’s Label Love set. Since I was making this card for a male recipient, I chose a masculine color theme that is pretty close to the color scheme used in the original inspiration card. The inks I used were Wild Mango, Lake House, High Dive, Fog and Green Apple. Thee sentiment was made with the SSS Painted Happy Birthday die.
The second card is a get well soon card, made with the same color scheme. I used Mama Elephant Brush Strokes stamps to create the design, based on the original Laura Bassen card I used for inspiration. I love how clean and modern-looking it turned out!
The die cut sentiment is from the SSS Sending wafer die, and the sub-sentiment on black cardstock is from the Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set.
Now that I’m feeling more inspired and creative, I’ll be back in my craft room making some more cards as soon as I get the chance!
So, I’m curious, what do you do when you feel like you’re in a creative rut? Do you search for inspiration in Pinterest? Seek inspiration from nature? Browse instagram? I’d love to know!
Last week I took a few days off of work and stayed at my parents house to hang out with my grandmother while my parents went on a cruise to Bermuda (I’m still jealous!). During that time, I tried to do a lot of relaxing and figured I’d just take a week off from card making and blogging and I’d be right back at it the following week. The universe had other plans though, and last Friday I came down with some kind of fantastic cold that is still kicking my butt a week later! I muscled through a few days of work this week, but threw in the towel today and stayed home to drink up the last of my DayQuil and binge watch The Americans.
A sick day means I can write a short post about this card – silver linings.
This is a pretty simple one, using the Thinking of You sentiment from the SSS Sending Happy Thoughts set, stamped in VersaMark Onyx Black ink. On separate cardstock, I stamped some Painted Flowers, using Moon Rocks for the outline and Sea Glass and Ocean Waves inks for the interior layers of the flowers. I stamped an inner layer of each leave with some fog ink. I then cut the images out and arranged them on my A2-sized panel. For a finishing touch, I added a whole bunch of black dots using a black Pico Embellisher.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Is it Friday yet?
I’m popping in today to share a sympathy card that is inspired by this one that I shared not too long ago. I simply stamped and heat-embossed an Antique Rose with white embossing powder then painted a wash all over (deepening the color in some places) on some Canson watercolor paper (affiliate link). After painting on several layers of a blue and green wash, I added some paint splatters with watered down white acrylic paint. The splatters don’t show up too well here, but it created a nice soft effect.
The sentiment was created by stacking several with sympathy die cuts on top of each other. I used multi medium matte for all of this, and used the same glue to adhere the finished sentiment to the right side of the panel.
Happy almost Friday!
The weather is getting warmer, you guys! Actually a little too warm. It was 85 degrees last week. In April! Kind of eerie, but I do appreciate the fact that I was able to get outside and plant my raised bed/container garden this past weekend. Small victories!
If you know me personally, then you know that I’m kind of an ice-cream-aholic. It’s my favorite. My mother even bought me my own ice cream maker a few years ago. She knows. And when the weather gets warmer, I seem to want ice cream all day every day. So, this stamp set is also a favorite, because of all the fun ice cream images. I haven’t played with it too much, but I did put together this quick card not too long ago, right in the middle of my one-layer watercolor card phase.
I stamped out a little parade of popsicles and ice cream treats with Intense Black ink, and also added a sentiment from the same Ice Cream Dream stamp set. I then painted a wash over the top in various shades of green using my Gansai Tambi watercolors. A run through my die cutting machine with a stitched rectangle die to embellish the edges of the card, a card base, a few sequins in coordinating colors and I was finished! Yum!
Now that I’m looking at this card again, it seems that I basically made a card by myself, for myself. ha. :)
What’s your favorite warm weather treat?
Just a quick post today to share with you this one-layer thank you card I put together. I fell in love with this card I made not too long ago, and used that as inspiration for this one.
I used the outline flower image from the Beautiful Day stamp set and some masking paper, to create a focal point of layered flowers at the bottom right of my watercolor panel. I then added a whole lot of pink and purple-toned watercolor in several layers. I made sure that the highest saturation of color was focused on the flowers themselves, but that was about as fussy as I got with it.
When the panel was dry, I cut it down to 4.25″ x 5″ size using a stitched rectangle die. Then, I stamped my sentiment from the SSS Handwritten Floral Greetings set using Intense Black Ink (I also used this ink for stamping the flowers because it’s waterproof). At this point I realized I need to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to the card, so I masked off my sentiment and added some black ink splatters here and there. I also used my Pico Embellisher in black to add some life back to the flower centers, which had gotten lost underneath all of the watercolor.
I hope everyone’s week is off to a wonderful start!
These are, for me, the least fun cards to make. But, sometimes the challenge of making a sympathy card that conveys a message of heartfelt condolence (while not being a total downer) is a worthwhile one to take on.
I really love a simple watercolor wash for the background of a sympathy card. I find the ethereal nature of the watercolor effect to be really soothing yet poignant at the same time. So, the few sympathy cards I’ve made in the last few years have really given me the opportunity to play with watercolor washes – building up layers, mixing colors, messing up and starting over. All of that good stuff. And, if you just let the water do the work for you, you end up not overthinking the end result, which is nice when you are working on this kind of card.
I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors on some Canson watercolor paper for the panel. As I said, I let the water do most of the work and painted several layers, letting each layer dry before adding more color.
I cut out the dried panel using a stitched rectangle die. For the sentiment, I used a With Sympathy die from Simon Says Stamp. This one is quite delicate, and I find I always like the end result best if I layer up several die cuts on top of each other (I typically adhere them together with spray adhesive.). I used some double sided tape to adhere the panel to an off-white colored 4Bar card base and called it a day. I debated sequins, but decided it would be best to leave this one un-embellished.
I’m so excited to announce that I’m a guest designer for this week’s Cas(e) This Sketch challenge! If you’ve never participated in the challenge before, it’s great fun! Every week there is a new sketch to inspire your creativity. Here is this week’s sketch:
For my card, I decided to stamp a few images from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set with Versa Mark Ink and then emboss them with white embossing powder. I then added several layers of a watercolor wash in some blue and green tones, letting each layer dry in-between.
Once my panel was dry, I embellished the edges using a stitched rectangle die. I then die-cut a sentiment using a Sending die and some slate gray card stock. Before I adhered the sentiment, I stamped the word love from a Wplus9 Hand Lettered Hello stamp set with Versa Fine Onyx Black ink. I popped the Sending part of the sentiment on using multi matte medium glue. That stuff never does me wrong.
I added a few clear droplets to finish everything off.
I can’t wait to see what everyone creates for the challenge this week!